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Stars coming out to Cardozo ... sort of

The DCIAA basketball schedule is blank on Friday, but there’s still a terrific hoops event going on that night, thanks to Cardozo.

Cardozo, which has a unique hoops history, will host an “Alumni Festival of Stars” at the No. 10 Boys’ and Girls’ Club on Clifton and 14th Streets, NW, a block west of the school. According to event organizer and longtime Cardozo baseball coach Frazier O’Leary, several former standout players will be on hand to participate in organized scrimmages.

Expected to be on hand are former All-Mets Lyndon DeBellotte (class of 1983), Earl Moore (1986) and William Davis (1988), each of whom led the city in scoring as seniors. Also expected are members of Cardozo's 1958 and 2004 championship teams. The 1958 crew won the second of the first two City Title Games. Cardozo didn't win another until the 2004 team upset O'Connell to claim the City Title.

O'Leary, who said he cannot remember the school doing anything of this sort before, added the response from alumni has been terrific, as many have indicated they plan to attend.

The uninitiated might wonder, especially on a night when there are no basketball games, why Cardozo isn’t hosting this event at its own gymnasium. Well, the Clerks don’t really have one. Their home court was condemned more than half-century ago and Cardozo has not hosted a game since 1954.

Surely, plenty of good memories will be shared Friday night. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and admission will be $10 for the general public, or $5 for students with ID. For more information, contact O’Leary at 202-673-7385 or

By Alan Goldenbach  |  January 20, 2010; 11:04 PM ET
Categories:  Basketball , Cardozo  
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